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Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program Philosophy

What’s unique about OSU-Cascades' ecological approach to the craft of writing is its investment in the whole writer. The geographies—social, spiritual, physical, aesthetic, political—each writer negotiates to get to the page are as various as the texts that give each one of us a purchase on this art. Together in the MFA in Creative Writing program we teach ourselves to play—at least some of the time—outside our comfort zones. By cultivating a passion for what’s difficult about this art, as well the courage to celebrate our own and each others' adventures in self-expression, we tend the practical skills and whimsical experiments that grow writers with healthy writing lives.

This two-year, low-residency program begins each fall and spring and guides you to become a better writer. Supported by faculty mentors, you will read, write and analyze, and join fellow students in Oregon’s high desert for intensive writing residencies - our program’s hallmark. You conclude the program with a thesis, a creative piece of publishable quality and literary merit.


MFA students select a genre, but write and study across genres to deepen their craft and understanding.

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative Non-Fiction

OSU Corvallis Partnership

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis has a long tradition of excellence. Recognizing the need to bring an outstanding education to students with different life stories, faculty on the Corvallis and Cascades campuses partnered to bring a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing to Central Oregon in 2013. Here in the OSU-Cascades low-residency MFA, we continue that tradition of excellence, growing creative writers with exemplary publication records, and a passion for loving this world, through art.

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